Detroit Tigers: 5 Prospects to Keep an Eye on

Jun 25, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; General view during the sixth inning of the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 25, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; General view during the sixth inning of the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Beau Burrows

The Tigers selected RHP Beau Burrows with the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.

Burrows, just 19 years old out of Weatherford High School in Texas, was a Texas A&M commit until the Tigers snatched him with their first pick.

In his senior year at Weatherford, Burrows sported a 0.79 ERA to go along with his 8-3 record. He only allowed eight earned runs over 71 innings pitched.

In 10 starts on the bump for the Weatherford Kangaroos in 2015, Burrows threw seven complete games, two of which were shutouts. He compiled a career record of 31-7 (1.13 ERA) over his high school career and struck out 394 batters.

Now with the Tigers’ Single-A affiliate West Michigan White Caps, Burrows is continuing to throw the ball extremely well.

He has won five of his ten starts, and owns a 2.79 ERA. Over 58.0 innings already logged, Burrows has punched out 39 batters and walked 17.

His fastball can reach up to 99 miles per hour, but normally sits in the mid-90’s. However, like many pitching prospects, Burrows lacks big-league secondary pitches and often relies on the overwhelming fastball.

Burrows may need secondary pitches, but his overpowering fastball and potential leave him as the Tigers’ best prospect.

He’s only 19 years old and there’s plenty to like about the 6’2″, hard-throwing righty that is destined to be a top-end of the rotation guy for the Tigers in years to come.

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